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Land Development Code Revision Related Programmatic Elements

Land Development Code Revision Related Programmatic Elements

The Land Development Code (LDC) Revision is one tool in a versatile toolbox of resources that must be used in concert with complementary programmatic elements to achieve the Council’s policy goals. Based on input received from both the public and City staff, the LDC Revision Team has identified the following programmatic elements as necessary or desirable to ensure successful transition to the new code and effective implementation tailored to key policy objectives. While not comprehensive, the items described below are a useful starting point for implementation planning.

Administration and Enforcement

  • Update technical criteria manuals to conform with new regulations
  • Update permit review and application procedures
  • Train staff on new regulations and implementation protocols
  • Establish rules for applications in process on effective date
  • Update LDC-related information technology, including the City’s AMANDA system and property profile tools

Housing Affordability and Supply
Increasing supply of income-restricted housing:

  • Facilitate use of programs essential to:
    • Creation of subsidized income-restricted affordable Units
    • Land banking to create affordable housing
    • Capacity-building grants for community development corporations
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to extend the affordability period of income-restricted units for which required affordability periods are nearing expiration
  • Recalibrate existing affordable housing bonus programs to maximize the creation of affordable, income-restricted units

 Increasing supply of missing middle housing choices:        

  • Explore ways to educate homeowners on options for construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and house-scale multi-unit residential projects
  • Per council direction, identify and implement appropriate changes to utility regulations and practices that impede housing construction
  • Zero Waste programming
  • Initiate revisions to the Transit Oriented Districts (TODs) and other special regulating plans to conform with new regulations and achieve greater housing capacity

Increasing options for all Austin residents facing housing challenges/Anti-displacement:

  • Facilitate tenant stabilization services, including legal and other assistance to tenants facing eviction, emergency rental assistance, and tenant relocation assistance
  • Connect vulnerable households with programs to assist with affordability
  • Improve and expand affordable housing search tools
  • Affirmatively market of affordable units
  • Prioritize City-owned affordable units for income-qualified households that are appropriately sized to the unit or meet other program criteria
  • Improve and expand key NHCD programs, including the Community Land Trust, Homebuyer Education, Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance, and Home Repair programs

Capital Improvements and Infrastructure

  • Programs essential to infrastructure improvements:
    • Sidewalk Capital Improvement Programs
    • Utilities Capital Renewal
  • Implement Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies per new tools established by the LDC Revision

Drainage and Water Quality

  • Implement regulatory requirements applicable to missing middle and single-family development, including Plumbing Code requirements for drainage and waterway setbacks
  • Develop review and inspection procedures for Green Stormwater Infrastructure
  • Programmatic improvements for expanded RSMP and water quality fee in-lieu options

Parking

  • Review and improve parking enforcement procedures, particularly for privately maintained accessible parking and areas covered by reduced parking minimums
  • Consider appropriate enhancements to the Affordable Parking Program and Parking Benefit Districts